Donation boosts van appeal

AIM participants and Trading Post Volunteers gather to celebrate a $6000 donation towards the new AIM vehicle.

By Alisha McLennan
Communications student

A $6000 donation from the Mahu Community Trading Post has kicked off AIM’s fundraising to buy a new vehicle.

Warkworth-based AIM (Adults in Motion) provides activities and support for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

AIM manager Sarah Allan says their current Nissan Elgrand minivan can no longer accommodate the growing number of members, nor some types of wheelchairs that the members require.

“One of our members has had an upgrade on his wheelchair, which is great, but it doesn’t fit in our current van,” she says.

“This limits the activities this member can attend without help from other carers outside of AIM.”

The hoped for new van, a Toyota Hiace, with a rear wheelchair hoist, will likely cost around $30,000, and Sarah says the Trading Post donation is a big help.  

Sarah says an appropriate vehicle will allow for the entire group to travel easily to local places such as Snells Beach, Matakana and Orewa for various events and walks.

“It will solve a lot of transport issues,” she says.

The Trading Post’s total donations to the community has now risen to $355,250 as of April 2021.

To donate funds for a new AIM van, visit